Truck Specialists Ltd. has engineered a versatile truck with a 50 tonne/metre crane for Bedford Plant, designed to transport either plant, building materials or cabins used mainly on construction sites.
The vehicle delivered to Bedford Plant is based on a DAF CF85-360 6.4m wheelbase 8 x 4 chassis, which was chosen because it offers excellent traction on sites where roads have not yet been constructed. It is fitted with an ACB 500-4 50 tonne/metre crane that can stack cabins two high and in order to achieve the necessary payload capacity, the crane sub-frame and bodywork is fabricated from high-strength Hardox steel supplied by Abba Commercials of St. Helens.
The vehicle had to be capable of carrying plant up to 12 tonnes and cabins 32 feet long, so Truck Specialists has equipped the body with telescopic ramps at the rear which can be extended to provide support for the long cabins as they are loaded. The crane is operated by Scanreco Remote Control, while two pairs of hydraulic stabilizers ensure a stable platform.
When the vehicle is being used to carry plant, the rear section of the body tilts hydraulically and hydraulic ramps are extended to minimize the approach angle. In addition, it is fitted with a hydraulically-driven winch so that any immobilized plant can be recovered easily. A further feature is removable dropsides that allow the vehicle to transport building materials when it is not carrying cabins or plant.
Bedford Plant is part of the SDC, a regional construction and development group which undertakes projects ranging in value from £5k to £80m. Activities cover all forms of construction and procurement in both the public and private sectors. Bedford Plant Hire has a range of over 200 cabins, which are used to provide site accommodation for civil engineering and building contracts undertaken by SDC and other companies. In addition the company supplies plant and equipment to a wide customer base.
Truck Specialists is the sole UK distributor for ATIB of Brescia, Italy and supplies the compete range of ATIB hooklifts and telescopic arm loaders together with sheeting systems, loadcells and drawbar attachments. In addition to selling both new and used hooklifts and skiploaders, the company also offers contract hire.
Truck Specialists Limited is a member of the Derby-based Skip Units Group, a privately owned limited company that also includes Skip Units, Randalls Compactors, Castle Containers and Waste Equipment Rentals. The company is the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of containers.